On This Day (USA) - 24 February

The Web of Fear: Episode 4 premiered on BBC One in 1968 at 5:24pm BST, watched by 8.40 million viewers.

The Doctor acquires a sample of the web, but when he, Jamie and Victoria return to the HQ to examine it, they discover that Professor Travers has been abducted by the Yeti!

Frontier In Space: Episode One premiered on BBC One in 1973 at 5:51pm GMT, watched by 9.10 million viewers.

The Doctor and Jo land on a spaceship in the far future as it is attacked by Ogrons, which the human crew see as Draconians. The Doctor and Jo are taken to Earth as spies.

The Armageddon Factor: Part Six premiered on BBC One in 1979 at 6:29pm GMT, watched by 9.60 million viewers.

Planet of Fire: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1984 at 6:41pm GMT, watched by 6.10 million viewers.

The Ghosts of N Space: Episode Six premiered on BBC Radio 2 in 1996 at 7:03pm GMT

Marnix Van Den Broke was 46 - 2 credits, including The Silent in The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon

Marnix Van Den Broek is a Dutch actor and stuntman.

He is notable for a recurring appearance as the physical Death in Hogfather (2006),The Colour of Magic (2008) and Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (2008). He also appeared as the Shadow in Inkheart (2008). He has provided stunts for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Raji James was 52 - 3 credits, including Dr. Rajesh Singh in Army of Ghosts / Doomsday

 Raji James (born in PortsmouthEngland) is a British Indian actor, club night promotor and podcast co-host, best known for his role as Ash Ferreira in EastEnders, he also played Abdul Khan in the 1999 British Film East Is East. Between 2007-2008 he participated in The Ray Peacock Podcast. On the 13th September 2010 Raji joined Ed Gamble and Ray Peacock in a special 50th episode of The Ray Peacock Podcast which was released at the same time as the 50th Episode of The Peacock and Gamble Podcast.

He has featured as a regular character, DS Vik Singh, in ITV's The Bill (2000–02). He has also had parts in Crocodile ShoesWaking the Dead, and in the 2006 Doctor Who episodes "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday". He went on to appear as Prince Malik in the 2006 BBC adaptation of Robin Hood (episode 10 - Peace? Off!), and as Dr Joe Mangeshkar in Kick (2007).[3]

Additional guest leads in Waking The DeadMurder In MindCasualtyHolby City and Doctors, have all added to Rajis’ extensive range. Other television credits have included CouplingThe KnockDoomwatchCoronation Street, and Heaven on Earth as well as another series lead role in HTV’s Nuts and Bolts (2002).

In film, Raji played Abdul Khan in the hugely successful East is East (1999). He also appeared as Anil in Provoked – a true story (2006) and Sanjay Khanna in Nina’s Heavenly Delights (2006). 

Raji’s theatre work began with the lead role of Frank in the Glasgow Citizens studio production of The Wasp Factory and in their main house as Mowgli in The Jungle Book. His Shakespeare roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sherman Theatre, 1992) Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Bedford Open Air, 1994) and Paris in Romeo and Juliet (Colchester Mercury, 1995). In 1993, Raji was the male lead, Hashim, in The Bush Theatre production of Backstroke in a Crowded Pool. Raji returned to the Glasgow Citizens in 1998 to play Tom Randal in the extravagant revival of Mae West’s The Pleasure Man. Raji was part of the massive cult hit The Ray Peacock Podcast which climaxed at a final Live show at The Leicester Square Theatre on December 12th 2008. In addition, Raji worked on a collaboration with Video Artist Gail Pickering for her piece “Brutalist Premonition” that was exhibited to rave reviews at the ICA in London and at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol with an additional Live performance featuring Raji.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA

Ben Miller was 56 - 2 credits, including Sheriff in Robot Of Sherwood

Ben Miller is best known in the UK for his comedy partnership with Alexander Armstrong, but has also undertaken a number of successful solo ventures, notably James Lester in Primeval and DI Richard Poole in Death in Paradise. Other roles include Popetown, The Worst Week of My Life, and Moving Wallpaper.

Born in London and brought up in Nantwich, Miller did not initially follow an acting career, but instead studied Natural Sciences at St Catharine's College, Cambridge followed up by a PHD in solid state physics. During this period his interest in comedy came to the fore, with him joining Footlights in 1989 alongside contemporaries Andy Parsons and Sue Perkins. He was introduced to Armstrong in London in 1992 at the TBA Sketch Comedy Group, a meeting that has led to a partnership of over 20 years with stage performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, and on television in a succession of series on the Paramount Comedy Channel, Channel 4 and BBC One.

As well as television, Miller has also appeared in the films with Steve Coogan in The Parole Officer and Rowan Atkinson in Johnny English, and will be seen alongside Billy Connolly and David Tennant in What We Did On Our Holiday. He also provided the voice of 'Monkey' alongside Johnny Vegas for the ITV Digital and later PG Tips advents until 2007. For theatre he played Louis Harvey in The Ladykillers, and in 2014 he commenced a stage tour as Robert Houston in The Duck House.

David Gooderson was 81 - 4 credits, including Davros in Destiny of the Daleks

David Gooderson is a British actor who has appeared in several television roles. 

As well as portraying Davros, creator of the Daleks in the Doctor Who serial Destiny of the Daleks, he has appeared in LovejoyMapp & Lucia and A Touch of Frost amongst other roles. Gooderson has also appeared in many radio programmes for the BBC, including The Next Programme Follows Almost Immediately with Bill WallisDavid JasonDenise Coffey and Jonathan Cecil and Huddwinks with Roy Hudd and others.

Ronald Pickup (died 2021 aged 80) - 4 credits, including Physician in The Reign Of Terror

Ronald Alfred Pickup is an English actor who has been active in television and film since 1964.

Early life and training

Pickup was born in Chester, living in St Chads Road, Cheshire, the son of Daisy (née Williams) and Eric Pickup, who was a lecturer. Pickup was educated at the King's School, Chester, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, and became an Associate Member of RADA.


His television work began with an episode during the first series of Doctor Who (as a physician in part 4 of The Reign of Terror) in 1964, for which he was paid £30. In 1973, he starred in the BBC drama series The Dragon's Opponent, playing a World War II bomb disposal expert. In 1982 Pickup had the starring role as composer Giuseppe Verdi in the acclaimed The Life of Verdi, written and directed by Renato Castellani.

In 1983 he appeared opposite Penelope Keith in Moving and as Friedrich Nietzsche in Wagner; existing in several versions Wagner has also been released as a film. Pickup portrayed Jan Tyranowski in the TV movie Pope John Paul II in 1984, and Prince Yakimov, a hapless, down-at-heel Russo-British aristocrat, opposite Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in the BBC serial Fortunes of War (1987) based on a novel cycle by Olivia Manning. He was the voice of Aslan in the BBC adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1988) and subsequent Chronicles of Narnia serials derived from the books by C.S. Lewis. Pickup starred in the short lived sit-com Not with a Bang which was broadcast in 1990, and appeared opposite Michael Caine in Jekyll & Hyde the same year.

Other roles have included parts in Hornblower, The Riff Raff Element, Hustle, Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, Waking the Dead, The Bill, Silent Witness, Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse, the 1991 television adaptation of John le Carré's A Murder of Quality and the BBC's 2004 drama for children, Feather Boy.

Pickup played a regular part in the BBC sitcom The Worst Week of My Life. He starred opposite Judi Dench in the 1989 Channel 4 serial Behaving Badly. In February 2010 he also appeared as Pegleg in the BBC's period drama Lark Rise to Candleford.

He appeared in Holby City as Charles, Lord Byrne and in November 2014 appeared on Coronation Street in a cameo role as an OAP arranging a birthday party with Michelle Connor in the Rovers Return.


Ronald Pickup is also an accomplished stage actor. He worked with Laurence Olivier at the Royal National Theatre, most notably in Three Sisters and Long Day's Journey into Night. He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role of 1997 for his performance in Amy's View.

Between March and August 2009, he starred as Lucky in Sean Mathias' production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett opposite Sir Ian McKellen (Estragon), Patrick Stewart (Vladimir) and also Simon Callow (Pozzo). The tour opened in Malvern, Worcestershire before travelling to Milton Keynes, Brighton, Bath, Norwich, Edinburgh and Newcastle; its run at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket was extended due to demand.


In 1973 he appeared as a forger in The Day of the Jackal. The following year he was seen in Ken Russell's film Mahler, and also appeared in Joseph Andrews in 1977. Pickup played one of the Prussian Agents conspiring to blow up the Houses of Parliament in The Thirty Nine Steps (1978). This version was directed by Don Sharp and starred Robert Powell as Hannay, Karen Dotrice as Alex, John Mills as Colonel Scudder. Pickup played Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury in the BBC Television Shakespeare version of Henry VIII (1979). He played Lt. Harford in Zulu Dawn (1979), Igor Stravinsky in Nijinsky (1980), Prince John in Ivanhoe (1982), and a government official in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983) opposite Sean Connery. He portrayed Portuguese governor, Don Hontar in The Mission (1986). In 1989 he played Captain Lancaster, a very strict teacher in Danny, the Champion of the World, and also appeared as a state advocate in A Dry White Season the same year.

In 2004, he appeared in the film Secret Passage alongside John Turturro. In 2005, he had a supporting role in the family-based film, The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby and the science fiction TV movie Supernova.

In 2012, he played one of the main characters, bachelor Norman Cousins, in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He reprised the role in the sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, released in 2015.


Pickup is married to Lans Traverse and father to actress Rachel Pickup and Simon Pickup. Ronald and Rachel have appeared in two productions together: Midsomer Murders episode "The Magician's Nephew" (2008) and Schadenfreude (2016).

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Graeme Curry (died 2019 aged 61) - 2 credits, including Writer for The Happiness Patrol

Graeme Curry wrote The Happiness Patrol and its novelisation. 

After leaving university, Graeme Curry progressed interests in journalism and writing as well as being a professional singer and actor. He won the Cosmopolitan Young Journalist of the Year award in 1982 and won a screenplay competition with a play called "Over the Moon," which was later adapted for broadacast on Radio 4. 

It was on the strength of this that it was suggested he contact Andrew Cartmel regarding work for Doctor Who. "The Happiness Patrol" was his first television commisssion and he has gone on to write for "EastEnders" as well as "The Bill" and the Radio 4 drama "Citizens."

John J Carney (died 1995 aged 54) - credited as Bloodaxe in The Time Warrior

John J. Carney was a British actor.

Television credits include: Dixon of Dock Green, UFO, Z Cars, The Sweeney, Blake's 7 and Shoestring.

He played Blood Axe in the 1973 story The Time Warrior.

His film appearances include: A Clockwork Orange (1971), Burke & Hare (1971) and The Shooting Party (1985).

He died of cancer, aged 54.